Celebrating Star Wars fandom as The Force Awakens hits theatres

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FILE - This 1980 publicity image originally released by Lucasfilm Ltd., Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd)

A long time ago in movie theatres across this corner of the galaxy, a film franchise premiered that would inspire generations.

Star Wars was launched in 1977 and pop culture has been rife with references to lightsabres, droids and Jedi ever since.

From Hollywood to Prince Edward Island and beyond, scores of fans have eaten, dreamed and breathed Star Wars as they packed lunchboxes, pored over comic books and climbed between sheets emblazoned with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda.

This week, the franchise returns with its seventh movie, The Force Awakens, and The Guardian caught up with some Islanders whose fandom is of galactic proportions.

Cineplex is expecting record breaking crowds for the advance screenings tonight and the opening night Friday in Charlottetown and Summerside.

Cineplex is showing the movie on 500 screen across Canada and is expecting to sell something like five million bags of popcorn to Star Wars movie-goers.

Those interviews, along with photos from premieres here and in Hollywood, and an accompanying online quiz will part of a special edition of The Guardian on Friday.

May the Force be with all of you.


Geographic location: Hollywood, Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown Summerside Canada

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